Severity: Critical Alert

Exit/Entry: Italy maintaining COVID-19 restrictions on international arrivals as of Sept. 21; domestic social distancing mandates remain in force.

Alert Begins 21 Sep 2020 12:53 PM UTC
Alert Expires 05 Oct 2020 11:59 PM UTC

  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Severe travel and business disruptions

Italy is maintaining international travel restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as of Sept. 21. Entry is permitted with restriction from most EU countries, as well as Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland, the UK, and the Vatican City. However, all arrivals who have stayed in or transited Croatia, Greece, Malta, or Spain within the previous 14 days must produce proof of having tested negative for COVID-19 using a molecular or antigenic swab test taken no more than 72 hours prior to arrival. Travelers arriving without the requisite COVID-19 test will either be tested immediately at the entry point - if the equipment is available - or required to be tested at a licensed health facility within 48 hours after arrival; such travelers will also be required to quarantine at their homes or accommodations until the test results are available. Arrivals from Bulgaria and Romania must self-isolate for 14 days upon entry.

All international arrivals are required to fill out a form that must be presented to authorities upon request. Travelers from Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, and Uruguay are permitted to enter Italy but must register with authorities and self-isolate for 14 days. All travel from Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Kosovo, Kuwait, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Oman, Panama, Peru, Dominican Republic, and Serbia is prohibited, except for Italian residents and their immediate families and government workers. Travel is prohibited from all other countries with the exception of that being conducted for study, proven work needs, and urgent reasons such as health; all such arrivals are also required to register and self-isolate for 14 days on arrival. Transport and health workers, individuals in-transit through Italy, and those staying in Italy for less than 120 hours for work reasons are not required to self-isolate.

Authorities have extended Italy's other existing COVID-19-related restrictions until at least Oct. 7. Authorities also extended the country's health state of emergency through at least Oct. 15. Current domestic directives include a requirement to wear protective facemasks in enclosed public spaces at all times, in outdoor public spaces in most of Italy 1800-0600, and in all public spaces at all times in Sardinia. Social distancing of at least one meter (3 feet) must be observed where possible. Most businesses and social activities are permitted to resume, provided strict social distancing and hygiene requirements are enforced. Authorities have removed restrictions on travel within Italy; however, regional authorities may require health screenings. Rail passengers are subject to a mandatory temperature check before boarding. Any individuals displaying symptoms of COVID-19 will not be permitted to travel.

Local authorities are empowered to reintroduce restrictions based on assessments of disease activity.

Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Consider delaying traveling if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions. Reconsider and reconfirm nonemergency health appointments.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

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